MANJI – THE SWASTIKA IN ANIME, MANGA AND JAPANESE CULTURE

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Did you know that the swastika anime manga japanese, which in Japanese is called manji, often appears in anime and manga? In this article, we are going to see several presences of the swastika in Japanese Culture.

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In the West, swastikas are often censored, criticized, and seen with hateful looks because of Nazism. Do anime and manga view it the same way?

Some don’t know that the swastika has nothing to do with the atrocities committed by Nazism. There are different swastikas called manji that are religious symbols of Buddhism.

We even wrote an article about the true meaning of the Buddhist and Nazi swastika, and if you haven’t read it, we recommend reading it, as we won’t talk about the implications in this article.

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WHAT DOES 卍 MANJI KANJI MEAN?

Perhaps you are curious about the meaning of this kanji [卍]. We know it is a Buddhist symbol, but what is its etymology in the Japanese language? What is his use in anime and manga dialogues?

When looking up 卍 in the dictionary, you find it said to be a sign of auspiciousness which means the whorl of the chest of the Indian god “Vishnu.”

The word has no particular meaning, but somehow it can indicate something dangerous, substantial, and extraordinary like a god. Of course, this symbol is much older, which leaves its meanings more unknown.

Nowadays, this symbol 卍 among young people usually has the same meaning as yabai, meaning no sense. It is slang used to refer to both good and bad things.

High school girls often type the expression majimanji [マジ卍], which means the same as majiyabai, an exclamation slang that refers to fabulous, exciting, terrible, or indescribable.

So whenever you find such a symbol present in a manga or anime dialogue, conclude that it means the same thing as yabai, or it doesn’t mean anything.

The lack of meaning makes the slang meaningless, perhaps to leave the elders confused by seeing conversations on Line and Twitter.

We believe that the swastika is used after maji; whether or not such a word is euphonic, it looks good on the forehead to highlight the messages and has no real meaning like the ideograms.

THE SWASTIKA IN TOKYO REVENGERS – TOKYO MANJIKAI (TOUMAN)

In the anime and manga Tokyo Revengers, you find a reference to the Nazi swastika in the name of the prominent anime gang called Tokyo Manjikai.

The gang is nicknamed and abbreviated as human [東卍], and the swastika is also often used decoratively to separate the manga title [東京卍リベンジャーズ].

The swastika is also featured on the covers of the tankobon volumes, and the characters wear swastika outfits just like real-life 1970s gangs.

The manji in the gang name probably comes from the gang boss’s name: Sano Manjirou. Toukyou Manji-kai can mean “Tokyo Swastika Association.”

THE SWASTIKA IN BLEACH – BANKAI

You may not know it, but Bankai [卍解] is written with the swastika. That word doesn’t mean anything, it was just an invention of the author, but it’s called the final release.

Before bankai, the sword skill is called Shinkai [始解], which means initial release, initial release, first upgrade, or something like that.

The main character also has a manifested power called a Fullbring or Kangen Jutsu in which his sword makes a sign very reminiscent of the swastika.

MANJI-POOSU – SWASTIKA POSE

A fad in Japan is called manjipoosu [卍ポース] where the Japanese used a swastika to take a picture or something like that.

The Japanese also habit of saying Manji [卍] when taking a picture with the pose in the same way that some say cheese (cheese) before taking a picture.

This scene can be seen in Anime Kaguya-Sama, where students pose to take a picture. There are different ways to do this pose, and some just use your arms, others use your arms and legs.

SWASTIKA BEING USED AS AN EXCLAMATION! 卍卍卍

The swastika is also often used as exclamation points at the end of sentences and is repeated three times or more on the internet.

Again the swastika takes on the same meaning as yabai, referring to something exciting or exciting, making the surprised young man write his sentences using 3x the swastika 卍卍卍.

The number of swastikas doesn’t matter much, and it’s usually typed in the same way as the laugh [wwwww]. Sometimes the swastika is used to contain a word in the middle like ‘whatever.’

Just as lol isn’t just written on occasions when we’re laughing, it also doesn’t need to be added just when you’re surprised or excited about something.

THE SWASTIKA APPEARING IN ANIME

In addition to those mentioned, the swastika appears in several situations in anime. Whether on the forehead of villains, in the background of Buddhist temples, or even on Google maps.

See some other occasions where the swastika makes appearances in anime:

  • Yu Yu Hakusho’s villain has a manji tattooed on his forehead.
  • In One Piece, a swastika was incorporated into the crest of the Whitebeard Pirates.
  • In Naruto, the Caged Bird seal is a manji symbol in the manga, but the anime has changed to an “X.”
  • In Rurouni Kenshin, a Yakuza-like faction called “Hishimanji” uses the swastika just like the Nazis.

As you can see, the appearance of the swastika ends up being censored when going to the West. Unfortunately, the people of the world have a particular prejudice against the religious symbol, the fault of the Crazy Nazis.

The Japanese know that the Manji has nothing obscure. It is just a ubiquitous religious symbol seen in different places and temples in Japan. swastika anime manga japanese

FAQ’s About swastika anime manga japanese

What does the swastika mean in Japanese culture?

What does the swastika mean in Japanese culture

A “symbol of prosperity and good fortune derived from Sanskrit svastika, meaning “conducive to well-being.”. In Buddhism, it “symbolizes the feet, or the footprints, of the Buddha.”. Japan, influenced by Buddhism, denotes “plurality, abundance, prosperity, and long life.”.

When do you call a swastika a manji?

When do you call a swastika a manji

Geometrically, swastikas can be distinguished by their direction, and in specific contexts, the meaning of the swastika changes with its direction. Regardless of orientation, they’re still called “swastika,” or manji 卍 in Japanese. It just happens there are more specific terms when you need to be more specific for some reason.

Where do you find swastikas in the world?

Where do you find swastikas manji in the world

In the oriental world, in Japan, China, Korea, Thailand (where that Buddha picture was taken), and so on, swastikas are more commonplace, so they aren’t promptly associated with nazism. Context: Google Maps uses the swastika to mark the location of secret nazi hideouts Buddhist temples like the Kinkaku-JI 金閣寺.

Is there a picture of Buddha with a swastika on it?

Is there a picture of Buddha with a swastika on it
[Swastika – britannica.com, accessed 2020-06-10] Images of Buddha sometimes feature a swastika on his chest, hands. The Swastika has nothing to do with nazis, except that one nazi symbol happens to be a swastika.

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